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Published in ZEITSCHRIFT FÜR ANGLISTIK UND AMERIKANISTIK, Vol. 35, No. 2 (1987), pp. 158-163. Used by permission.


Channing Pollock (1880-1946) is an obscure figure in the American theatre, whose well-structured plays reflected the quixotic idealism of their creator, his firm belief in traditional values, and his sense of moral urgency. His obscurity is unwarranted, for he was the foremost theatrical polemicist of his day, and the quality of his work far surpasses that of other, more well known polemicists such as John Howard Lawson or George Sklar. Moreoever, he was associated in the performance of his plays with some of the most talented and noteworthy production personnel the theatre in New York City has ever seen.